Man Stealing Copper Is Electrocuted | News
Thieves have been known to strip copper wire from vacant buildings and even property under construction. However, now they are risking even more by going after working utility lines. In this case authorities believe the man wanted a telephone line but instead made a deadly mistake.
The Washington Park Ameren substation sits on the last block of a dead end street. It is an abandoned industrial area not far from a railroad yard. Thieves may have thought it was a safe target, but the high voltage lines running into the substation were far from safe. "The investigation showed that apparently the subject was involved in attempting to cut down power lines, which one of the lines was fully charged and he was electrocuted," said Washington Park Police Chief, David Clark.
An Ameren Illinois spokesperson called the fatality "so unfortunate" adding "we try to educate our customers about the dangers and always post warning signs. Nearly five -hundred customers lost power for 5 to 6 hours because of the outage. Ameren Illinois restored electric service after police collected evidence from the crime scene. Police are trying to locate relatives of the dead man before they release his name.